Wednesday 16 August 2023

Wednesday 16th August

A Little Ringed Plover and nine Knot were new arrivals in the Bight but other wader counts reduced to 20 Dunlin, eight Sanderling, seven Ringed and two Grey Plover. Also in the estuary an Arctic Tern with 42 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 242 Redshank, 150+ Curlew, 32 Whimbrel and the recently absent Dark-bellied Brent Goose.

Elsewhere a small fall of migrants overnight included at least nine Wheatear along with single Sedge and Willow Warbler.  

Other Wildlife: The unexpected highlight was a Six-belted Clearwing at Langstone Rock, the first for the Recording Area for 65 years. 

Six-belted Clearwing - Alan Keatley

Also present there, many Green Furrow Bee Lasioglossum morio, and a White-spotted Digger Wasp Harpactus tumidus, an uncommon species and the first for at least 20 years.

White-spotted Digger Wasp Harpactus tumidus - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere, after their recent rediscovery, Heather Colletes C. succinctus were once again on the wing, nine butterfly species included a good count of four Holly Blue and at the Main Pond at least three Small Red-eyed Damselfly and an ovipositing female Emperor.

Heather Colletes - Alan Keatley

Emperor - Alan Keatley

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